Spectroscopy approach poised to improve treatment for serious heart arrhythmia

Researchers have demonstrated that a new mapping approach based on near infrared spectroscopy can distinguish between fat and muscle tissue in the heart. This distinction is critical when using radiofrequency ablation to treat a serious heart rhythm problem known as ventricular tachycardia. Radiofrequency ablation, the only treatment for ventricular tachycardia, involves identifying areas of the […]

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A joint scientific statement outlining venous thromboembolism research priorities

The International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) and the American Heart Association (AHA) have released a joint scientific statement titled, “Venous Thromboembolism Research Priorities,” identifying five top priorities for research on venous thromboembolism (VTE), published today in the ISTH journal Research and Practice in Thrombosis and Haemostasis (RPTH) and Circulation, the flagship journal of […]

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Abnormal cells in early-stage embryos might not preclude IVF success

The presence of an abnormal number of chromosomes in the genetic profile of early-stage embryos may be far more common—and potentially less threatening—during normal human development than is currently appreciated, according to new research from Johns Hopkins University biologists. The findings could have clinical implications for the in-vitro fertilization field, where debate still rages about […]

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Healthier school food and physical activity environments matter for childhood obesity

Students at elementary and secondary schools that offer healthier food offerings and more opportunities for physical activities have a healthier body mass index, according to Rutgers researchers. The study, published in Preventive Medicine Reports, uses professional measures of students’ height and weight—the gold standard for studying childhood obesity—in a study on the effects of a […]

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